nounpl. -·las or -·lae·
the small, fleshy process hanging down from the middle of the soft palate above the back of the tongue
Origin of uvulaML, diminutive of Classical Latin uva, grape from Indo-European base an unverified form ei-, reddish, colorful from source Old English iw, yew
A small, fleshy mass of tissue, especially that which hangs from the soft palate above the base of the tongue.
Origin of uvulaMiddle English from Medieval Latin ūvula diminutive of Latin ūva bunch of grapes, uvula
(plural uvulas or uvulae or uvulÃ¦)
- The Oxford English Dictionary (second edition, 1989) marks this word as not naturalized in English.
From Late Latin Å«vula (“little grape"), diminutive of Latin Å«va (“grape").